This Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes is a flavor packed dinner, a complete meal done in the instant pot. With a delicious tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes, tomato paste and oregano, this is an easy dinner that's perfect for those busy nights!
Start the pressure cooker in sauté mode on high, and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. If the onion or garlic starts to brown, turn it down to medium.
Add tomato paste and dried oregano and sauté on high for 1 minute.
Deglaze by pouring in the water and stirring to loosen any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Then turn off the pressure cooker.
Add chicken drumsticks and mix them in with the sauce.
Add ground black pepper and potatoes, and mix in with the sauce.
Add tomatoes and salt, then close the lid tightly.
Set to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. First it will build pressure for about 10 minutes, and then the timer will start.
When the cooking time is up, let it sit for 5 minutes. Then release the pressure using the quick release valve.
Serve as it is or together with a piece of bread.
Ingredient notes & substitutions
Firm potatoes work best for this - go for medium to large potatoes
Chicken drumsticks can be swapped for another bone-in cut of chicken, like chicken legs - but you might need to adjust the cook time.
Olive oil can be swapped for butter or another type of vegetable oil
Tomatoes should be ripe, overripe tomatoes work great
Tips & tricks
Frying the tomato paste changes the flavor a bit - it makes it fuller and releases more umami flavor
Peel the tomatoes for the nicest dish - but you don't have to
If you get a burn message release the pressure, open the lid and add ½ cup (100 ml) more of water. Mix and scrape the bottom of the pot, then close the lid and start the pressure cooking cycle over.
Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days
Potatoes don't freeze well so while you can freeze it, I don't recommend it
Reheat in the microwave in 1 minute increments, or simmer in a pot over low heat for 5 minutes or until warmed through